Deputy Minister of Transport loses six family members on N11, outside Ladysmith

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On Sunday night, 17 July 2022, a horrific head-on collision on the N11 has seen numerous lives lost.

As explained by sources on the scene, a car and a bakkie collided head-on, on the N11 outside Ladysmith.

ER24 explained that its team arrived on the scene at 9.14 pm to find the Provincial EMS already in attendance. At the scene of the collision, medics found the car smashed against the roadside barrier.

“One person was trapped inside, while three others were lying beside the car. The Provincial EMS had already declared the four patients due to their injuries,” explained ER24, further confirming that the other patients passed away not long afterwards. 

Additionally, according to ER24, a man believed to be in his 30s was found seated inside the bakkie.

“Medics assessed the man and found that he had sustained several injuries and was in serious condition. The man was treated and immediately transported to Ladysmith Provincial hospital for urgent care.”

Furthermore, on Tuesday, 19 July 2022Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula said it was with a deep sense of sadness that he had learned about the passing of Deputy Minister of Transport Sindiswe Chikunga’s eldest son, his wife and their four children.

The Minister of Transport confirmed that the motorist from the other vehicle is being treated in hospital.

Mbalula further said, “The Road Traffic Management Corporation will investigate the root cause of the crash and the report will be made available once the investigation has been concluded.”

Additionally, Mbalula pointed out, “The tragic loss of a son and his entire family has left us numb with disbelief and pain. I have reached out to Deputy Minister Chikunga in this hour of sadness and conveyed my heart-felt condolences for her loss.”

The Minister of Transport has further noted that the loss has strengthened his department’s resolve to redouble its efforts in addressing the scourge of fatalities on South African roads.

The Newcastillian – Online News and Pixelfish Marketing extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved Deputy Minister and her family.

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